Officials with a New Jersey utility company said more than 2,000 customers lost power due to a power line-climbing squirrel. Photo by Giedriius/
Oct. 15 (UPI) — A New Jersey utility company said an outage that knocked out electricity service to 2,296 customers was caused by an unlucky squirrel.

Jersey Central Power & Light said 2,296 customers lose power Sunday afternoon after a power line came down in Hackettstown.

The company said the line was felled by a squirrel that came into contact with power lines was electrocuted. The squirrel did not survive.

Power was restored in the early afternoon Sunday.

About 4,500 PG&E electricity customers in California lost power in September when a bear climbed a utility pole and touched the high-voltage equipment.

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